Search this site or the web        powered by FreeFind
  Site search Web search
Discernment. Online










'Good to hear about the guys you listen to man... THEY ARE MASTERS... they are shamans for doing what they have, but jazz has moved on and is not only about walking basslines and a 4/4 swing pattern'
'As for what I think about free jazz and jazz rock, nothing you say can force me to like jazz rock... great jazz musicians by my own reckoning have made music which I consider noisy'

'Every small step taken by fans of Ilaiyaraja may lead to something exciting for music itself in the future'
'To appreciate Ilaiyaraja it takes a lot of listening and a variety at that'

'You people support mechanical composers and ignore earthy, natural and highly talented musicians like Raja'

Modern jazz and
a glass of milk

T L Mazumdar, pianist and modern jazz buff, jams with Jazzebel on what's discordant and what's not

Hancock: excursions into pop and rock

From Jazzebel's piece on jazz on WorldSpace radio: 'There's another plus point for me: very little of either jazz rock or free jazz and other discordant avant-garde music that has blighted this otherwise creative and compelling art form..."

To the author of Jazz around the clock and its good:

Hey there,

Speaking on behalf of another 1,000 students, professionals and semi-professionals who are taking their degree in contemporary/jazz performance with me and definitely from my own side, and musicians in general, it's exactly ignorant, precocious and pompous wise guys like you who seem to have taken some kind of vow to make life difficult for us musicians.

Exactly what are your credentials to be passing a comment like the one above... knowing very well you are living in a country where 99.99 per cent of the people are not even equipped to understand or have the kind of background to really react to what you are saying and will just take your word for it?

Discordant???? Exactly how much do you know about harmony? While I'm aware that there are those to whom genres like rock still and always will mean Bon Jovi and Megadeth, that isn't where it ends. If you are such a great fan of Miles Davis, then LISTEN to some of his later electric stuff... he was one of the first jazz masters who had the guts to experiment with just about everything and that DEFINITELY includes rock as well... refer to albums like In a Silent Way or The Man with the Horn.

Herbie Hancock?? Famous for his refusal to be categorised as a 'jazz' musician (read in between lines if you are capable), one of his recent albums consisted of very personal interpretations of pop and rock hits... one of which even includes a song from Nirvana (heck I'm not crazy about those guys but if Mr Herbie Hancock thinks they write stuff worth interpreting then I'll give them due respect... OBSERVE AND LEARN!!)... some of his albums even derive influences from techno, disco... and rock too.

And I'm not even getting into some of the guitar players who have brought about revolutions in the world of jazz... John Scofield, Scott Henderson, Al di Meola, Mike Stern... the list goes on. If that's not jazz for some wannabe 'jazzpatron' to whom a term like mixolydian #11 probably means as much as martian algebra, well... and read my lips IT DONT MATTER!

I listen to every form of jazz... and God knows there are plenty. I listen to dixieland, be-bop, cool jazz, latin jazz, bossanova, you name it and I do it... I'm spending 14 hrs a day at the piano trying to find out even 1 per cent of the depth that lies beyond this four letter word... so when i see a guy like you whose only experience in this form of art is probably attending five jazz concerts in two years and putting on a jazz CD among fellow precocious snobs trying to act more enlightened at a cocktail party... IT CHEESES ME OFF.

Good to hear about the guys you listen to man...THEY ARE MASTERS... they are shamans for doing what they have, but jazz has moved on and is not only about walking basslines and a 4/4 swing pattern. God knows that is HIP too... but there is more so LISTEN to more MUSIC man!!! Expressing a personal opinion in taste is one thing but trying to mould the minds of people through media by trying to tell people what is 'real' jazz and not is'nt. 

Get urself a warm glass of milk... i'ts way past your bedtime.

T L Mazumdar

A blight on jazz

Dear Mr Mazumdar, 

Whatever you might guess or surmise about my credentials for writing about jazz, I have a right to my opinions about jazz just as you have a right to your opinions about my writing. If you disagree with me, just say so: I don't think you need to be abusive.

As for what I think about free jazz and jazz rock, nothing you say can force me to like jazz rock. Whether or not Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock have performed jazz rock or not is totally irrelevant: I have a right to say that I like what they have done in mainstream jazz and dislike what they have done in jazz rock. Jazz rock is too noisy for my taste and free jazz is too discordant for my taste and they are a blight on jazz, as far as I am concerned.

Isn't it obvious that whatever a writer writes is his personal and subjective judgment? What does it matter that great jazz musicians by my own reckoning have made music which I consider noisy? If I like John Coltrane's Blue Train and Giant Steps and consider him great does it oblige me to like his work in free jazz such as his album Live in Seattle? I am not mouding public taste or anything like that; I am just voicing my opinions along with trying to give the reader some guidance about what kinds of jazz you find in any particular recording (or radio station in this case).

If you come out with a recording of your work and would care to have it reviewed by me, I shall certainly do so fairly: I'll talk about what kind of jazz it is, how original it is, how much solo improvisation there is, what the sound of it is like, and then comment on whether or not I find the rock influences (if there are any) not to my taste (e.g., loud drumming, electronic note-bending, etc). And I promise that whatever personal remarks you have made about me will be irrelevant to my judgment, just as suppositions about whether or not I drink milk at night should have had no relevance to your comment on my writing. But it will be equally irrelevant to me that you're spending 14 hours a day on your jazz education and training.
The bottom line is this: I don't say jazz rock or free jazz is not jazz; I just don't like the sound of it and I have a right to say so. And while there are lots of great jazz musicians who have gone into these genres (or even into straight rock or some other genre that isn't considered jazz), I'm not obliged to say I like that part of their work


The Picasso of music

Dear Suchitra Lata

Reading many of your reviews, I can see that you are one of the few critics, like Mr Ramakrishna of your own magazine, with a vast reservoir of musical knowledge, writing skills and a great sense of the reader's mind.  Resulting in very beautifully written reviews I enjoy going back to again and again.  See a lot of quality in you folks. Thank you for the fine effort.

I live in Chicago and work in management consulting. Been doing this in the last 10 years. In regard to music during this period, I went about securing original productions of a lot of my favorite music and was involved in inspiring some Ilaiyaraja fans in the US to build This has turned out to a kind of an underground movement to an extent manageable by those fans.

The movement could reach a higher level. Ilaiyaraja's creativity and prolificity is really strange and music lovers worldwide cannot believe such fantastic musical presentation can happen unless they hear it very often with an open mind. Anyway, every small step taken by fans of Ilaiyaraja may lead to something exciting for music itself in the future. I certainly feel that this Picasso-like creativity of Ilaiyaraja deserves that effort from his fans. It is only a matter of time.

My other musical interests lie in Western classsical and pop, Latin pop and other genres of the '70s. When I read your reviews I know that your and the other correspondents' depth of musical appreciation is seated in a knowledge of Indian classical music traditions. I do not know anything about those traditions except that I am aware that Tamil and Malayalam songs of the '70s and '80s were born out of ragas, and that ragas give songs structure and a strong melody content.

These days I drift only occasionally into music listening, and attempt to catch up on Ilaiyaraja events. Listening to his music slowed down the pace of my life considerably, and took me away from wasteful distractions. Thank God for that! I gather that a lot of people today are growing up without motivation to appreciate the finer things in life, such as music.

My finding is: they did not get exposed to good music early in their lives. Secondly, there are hardly any music magicians like Ilaiyaraja in the world, and thirdly, people therefore don't find a strong reason to become crazy about music. Nothing else free society offers is more worthy of their free time. Believe me.

To appreciate Ilaiyaraja it takes a lot of listening and a variety at that. For most of us growing up in the '70s and '80s listening to modern songs in their glory and innocence, music grew in us to best friend status. I speak with that perspective.

Nithin Sreedevan

Talking maestro

How can you say "Ilaiyaraja, a commercial success, but not associated so much with experimental films and documentaries..." while interviewing Madhusree Dutta?

Do you know anything about the Maestro? Sorry, you people support mechanical composers and ignore earthy, natural and highly talented musicians like Raja. That should not be the way you should have asked that question. I have not heard Scribbles on Akka, but I think you underestimate his talents. 

Srikanth Athreya

(What we meant was that Ilaiyaraja was not associated with new wave cinema like, say, Vanraj Bhatia or B V Karanth. -- Ed)

Recording info

I am looking for a list of recording agencies in India. Can you help me find this information? I am a singer in Chicago, IL, and am of Indian descent. I  would like to become a singer in India singing English and Hindi songs.
Please let me know if you can help get this type of info.
Farah Zala

Dateline wanted 

Hello there... You guys have been doing amazing work... truly, there ain't any better music resource for Indian music fans... Please add me to your newsletter list as I would wanna be one of the first to know what's happening in the Indian music industry.

Just one thing I noticed when I went through the earlier articles was that
there weren't any dates available... I didn't know what happened
when... could you guys please add dates so that I know if I missed out on something ...

Anyways keep doing the great work.


A band called drizzle

Hi guys...

This is Sam from the band Drizzle... We are a Mumbai/Pune-based
band and are in the process of cuting our first album called Streets of
. We play alternative Rock. Pls do check our site or get more details about us from This site has info on all bands in the country...

Do login and write back to

Keepin rockin!


Antaragni among Bangalore stars

Our band Antaragni is performing at the M V Jayaram Engineering College (very close to International Tech Park, Whitefield) on July 07, 2001 Saturday between 5.00 p.m and 7.00 p.m. This concert is the concluding part of the college's annual cultural festival Swayam 2001.

Antaragni will be performing their own compositions for nearly two hours.

This time Antaragni is performing with many senior artists of Bangalore.

The band will include

Raghupathy Dixit: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Vidwan Mysore H N Bhaskar: Karnatak Violin
Manoj George: Jazz and Western classical Violin
Roberto Narain: Drums and percussions
Raman: Alto and soprano saxophones and flutes
Pandit Prakash Sontakke: Hindustani classical Hawaiian guitar
Prakash N: Bass and Acoustic Guitars
Trinity: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Shadrach Solomon: Keyboards and Synthesizers
Mohan: Tabla and accessory percussions

Raghupathy Dixit


Fabmart Music

Read more letters

E-mail the editor

Music alert!

Want updates on The Music Magazine's latest stories? Send us your e-mail ID, details of genres you are interested in, and any other information you think is relevant. We plan to alert you to new stuff on your favourite magazine

Top  | Home

Press Ctrl D to bookmark The Music Magazine

Media praise for your favourite e-zine from India:

*For fans of Indian music, there is no better resource on the Web -- CNet
*Well researched -- India Today
*Fantastic site -- Hitbox
*Web's best -- Britannica
*Superb coverage... worth tuning in to -- Rediff
*Classy -- Deccan Herald